Singer, 74, slams German news report and is in "excellent health," rep says.
Tina Turner did not suffer a stroke as has been reported by various German and Dutch media outlets. A rep for the 74-year-old, born Anna Mae Bullock, reportedly denied the rumored medical scare. "The fact is that Tina enjoys excellent health," the rep said, according to the New York Post.
German news site Express published and later deleted the stroke story. Express cited Albert B. Cologne, an alleged driver and friend of Turner's, as confirming that she "had a mild stroke, but is well on the road to recovery." The story quoted Cologne as saying that Turner had to "cancel her holiday" to Carinthia, Austria, in order to get her health in order.
The rep denied that Turner has a driver named Cologne, and that she made vacation plans.
For the last several years Turner has lived in Switzerland, and married longtime partner Erwin Bach last July. She recently attended an event with Bach in Zurich, celebrating her new album. She appeared to be "happy and healthy" during the outing, the UK's Daily Mail reports.
This isn't the "Private Dancer" singer's first experience with gossip stories regarding her health. Last February Oprah Winfrey dispelled hearsay that her longtime friend suffered a stroke, clarifying that Turner had recovered from "a bad flu" at the time.
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